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But one may say something and yet not be able to do ...
The impatient man is his own enemy; he slams the door on ...
The sufis believe that they can experience something more complete.
The human being, whether he realises it or not, is trusting someone ...
The union of the mind and intuition which brings about illumination, and ...
Premature independence is the daughter of conceit.
From time to time ponder whether you are unconsciously saying: 'Truth is ...
The learned person who only talks will never Penetrate to the inner ...
The Path is not to be found anywhere except in human service
Learn to be as analytical about things of which you are credulous ...
One can give or withhold in a manner far more effective, sophisticated, ...
Anybody or anything may stand between you and knowledge if you are ...
When the Higher Man does something worthy of admiration, it is an ...
None should say: 'I can trust' or 'I cannot trust' until he ...
You are still adrift while you still think that a means is ...
If you give what can be taken, you are not really giving. ...
There is a Persian proverb: 'To test that which has been tested ...
A king who feared wasps once decreed that they were abolished. As ...
The secret of Sufism is that it has no secret at all'.
Like the bat, the Sufi is asleep to 'things of the day' ...
Please, not again what you studied, how long you spent at it, ...
Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm.
The word 'choice' is a fraud while people choose only what they ...
When the ignorant have become numerous or powerful enough, they have been ...
Sometimes a pessimist is only an optimist with extra information.
The Way of the Sufis cannot be understood by means of the ...
To be obsessed by the idea of freedom, for instance, is itself ...
If, from time to time, you give up expectation, you will be ...
He that is purified by love is pure; and he that is ...
When prayer, rituals and ascetic life are just a means of self-indulgence, ...
One of the tragedies of modern times is that people have come ...
You need not wonder whether you should have an unreliable person as ...
Advice is priceless: when it becomes interference it is preposterous.
The laziness of adolescence is a rehearsal for the incapacity of old ...
The Sufi is One who does not care when something is taken ...
Mediation - Before you learn how to meditate, you must unlearn what ...
Dramatic. A well developed sense of the dramatic has values beyond what ...
Trying to force something is the best way to stop it happening.
Knowledge is something which you can use. Belief is something which uses ...
You must empty out the dirty water before you fill the pitcher ...
To 'see both sides' of a problem is the surest way to ...
Materialism, attachment to things of the world, includes pride. Many religious people ...
If you want to strengthen an enemy and make him exult - ...
People today are in danger of drowning in information; but, because they ...
Opinion is usually something which people have when they lack comprehensive information.
Exercise power by means of kindness, and you may be causing more ...
People who speak or act in an ordinary fashion are most likely ...
When people have a hard task to do - one which stretches ...
The Sufi way is through knowledge and practice, not through intellect and ...
A generous person may not have wisdom: but, unlike others, he has ...
The proverb says that 'The answer to a fool is silence'. Observation, ...
No practice exists in isolation.
The more you look at 'common knowledge', the more you realise that ...
The more wakeful a man is to the things which surround him, ...
We view Sufism not as an ideology that molds people to the ...
Worry is a cloud which rains destruction.
A real secret is something which only one person knows.
If you want to make an ordinary man happy, or think that ...
Banality is like boredom: bored people are boring people, people who think ...
The stupidest man I ever met had a favourite saying. It was: ...
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